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Bureau of Development Services Announces Fall Schedule for Landlord Training



City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services







November 3, 2008

Contact: Crystle Cowen, Neighborhood Inspections 503.823.7324


Today, the City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services, announced its fall 2008 Landlord Training Program. The classes work to build on a foundation of partnership between property owners, tenants, and City agencies to create safe communities and residences. This is accomplished by providing rental property owners/managers with information on best practices, City services, and various programs that have demonstrated success when implemented.

The Bureau of Development Services partners with other City offices to provide current, effective information on property management to ensure safe, crime free rental properties. The presentations are made by Housing Inspectors, Crime Prevention Specialists, and Police Bureau Neighborhood Response Team Officers. Useful information from other bureaus and government agencies is on hand for attendees in the lobby of the training. City staff is also available at the training to answer attendees’ questions.

This program has received overwhelmingly positive responses from attendees. It has been offered by the City of Portland for over 11 years, is facilitated by Campbell DeLong Resources, Inc., and has had over 12,000 attendees complete the course. Landlords who have taken the course say they feel more confident in their ability to screen applicants, recognize signs of illegal activity, and take action or deal with problem tenant behaviors when they arise.

Over 400 cities and counties across the nation have adopted this program, and it has been nationally recognized through the Department of Justice for its unique benefits.

Topics covered in the eight-hour training session include property management to prevent crime or loss of investment, best practices in applicant screening, signs of dishonest applicants, rental agreements, crisis resolution/eviction, and partnering with police, crime prevention specialists, and housing inspectors.

The program is free of charge. Advanced registration is recommended and is available at our website; select Landlord Training Program under quick links. On the day of the class, registration/sign-in starts at 8 a.m.; class starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. and is approximately eight hours long.

Dates and locations for the four fall 2008 sessions are:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

University of Portland, Terrace Room

5000 N Willamette Blvd.

Tri-Met Bus #35, 44

PARKING On-Site: No Charge

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Providence Portland Medical Center Amphitheater

4805 NE Glisan St (in the new Cancer Center)

Tri-Met Bus #19

PARKING On-Site: No Charge

Monday, November 17, 2008

Kaiser Permanente Town Hall

3704 N Interstate Avenue

Yellow Line Max - Interstate

PARKING On-Site: No Charge

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Portland Community College, Cascade Campus

Terrell Hall, Room 122, 705 N Killingsworth

Tri-Met Bus #4, 72

PARKING On-Site: No Charge

Interested parties can get more information or register via the BDS website at, or by calling 503-823-7955. The bureau will also be notifying neighborhood associations and related businesses by mail.


About the Bureau of Development Services (BDS):
The City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services (BDS) promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes. BDS staff reviews and issues approximately over 50,000 building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and sign permits, along with performing 217,000 permit inspections and 1,300 land use reviews for residential and commercial properties. For more information visit our website at 


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